I love how True Blood, along with other phenomenal HBO series like Six Feet Under and The Sopranos, manage to raise "real" life-issues through the absurd fictional worlds created on screen. It's terrific. Tonight, we didn't just see True Blood & Philosophy, we saw Bill Compton's version of True Blood & Psychology! Lorena tortures Bill, almost to death. As Lorena bites into Bill's flesh with every sharp object imaginable, Bill begins to tell her how he would have liked to have known her BEFORE the light left her eyes. It was tender. It was "real." Maybe we all haven't had the opportunity to fully understand torture, but it is true--as the victim, you may begin to feel pity for your oppressor. And in the same vein, Lorena's reaction, a heart-wrenching, "I have no joys...." is equally realistic. That kind of misdirected anger and blind pain can propel us to do horrible things...things like torturing the people we love--even if more figuratively than Lorena.
The season's story-arc glinting in Viking Eric Northman's eyes was not quite as convincing. The supposedly ruthless, morally relative sheriff-vampire fantasizes about Sookie in one episode, and throws her to the literal wolves in the next. Choosing revenge over joy is a cliched mistake that a being, vampire or human, of Northman's age should understand better.
Franklin's not dead. His head may have been pulverized but so what? He didn't turn into ash or a puddle of bloody goop. Tara had her choice of deadly weapons so she chooses a mace??? Cut his head off!!! It's Vampire 101....
Isn't Jessica mesmerizing? Deborah Ann Woll, who was lovely enough to show up for my pals at True-Blood.net's Comicon panel, once again steals the show. She embodies the well-intentioned "nice" girl who gets the brunt of social ignorance in all its many forms. And the beauty (besides Woll's stunning good looks), is that Jessica, as a vampire, can bring much of that social ignorance to justice. You go, girl!
The dumb-blonde thing with Sookie is becoming tiresome. When the king of Mississippi asks, "Who are you?" Sookie replies, "I'm a waitress...." Right, honey, we all know that. Later, Tara psychically "finds" Sookie and tells Sookie she has intent, if not a plan, to escape. Tara, with no supernatural edge, defeats a very old, very strange vampire, defeats a werewolf, frees Sookie--then Sookie, totally entitled, demands that Tara "just" find a way out when Tara disagrees about saving Bill. See what I mean about the dumb-blonde thing??? It's infuriating to watch. And the Sookie Stackhouse character is one I truly love. I want her to be strong, not stupid. TB-writers, take note.
Alcide...it was good to see him in this episode. ;) The "good guy" in every way, Alcide's white werewolf is almost like a supernatural Superman of sorts. Wink, wink....
Sophie-Ann's legs are cut out from under her in this episode...and in future episodes as well. Poor Hadley, at the right hand and right breast of a mother-queen who is neither.
I called it--Joe Lee is using Sam's brother, Tommy, for dog-fighting. We all knew that the first time that boy took off his shirt. And why did Sam walk away from the trailer, especially after seeing how scared that boy was when the father came screaming drunk to their door? Abuse isn't just dished out by the abuser--the accomplice is just as guilty, even if their only crime is silence.
Truebies, fangbangers, shifters, weres, and fangers alike...keep watch for next week's TB3:7; we're halfway there, everyone! Wednesday, July 28th beginning at 8pm, catch TB 3:4-6 back-to-back on HBO. And don't forget: You can always see every episode as many times as you want ON DEMAND. To get even more true-blue for True Blood, check out True Blood & Philosophy: We Wanna Think Bad Things with You at bookstores EVERYWHERE!
Raise your Bayou Sunsets in the air and toast to season 3 of True Blood! GREAT episode--congrats to the cast and crew!!!